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Carmen 1930Carl Rosa Opera Company

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The Scotsman review (Thursday 17 April) of the previous evening referred to Miss Rispah Goodacre 'one of the most important additions to the Carl Rosa ranks of recent years, gave a performance of the title role which held the attention captive throughout. She has a beautiful contralto voice, which she employs in an entirely artistic fashion, and she is a born actress. Hers is a capricious Carmen,, with a fine but never overdone suggestion of passion, and throughout consistently graceful. From her first entrance, to the tragic climax, her reading of the part was always convincing, while her singing was equally true. Miss Goodacre is at present the best Carmen in this country; it would certainly be difficult to mentionanother singer of the same all-round merit in the role. Mr Ben Williams made a romantic Don Jose. It was an excellent study, and his pure, flexible voice was seen to great advantage. Mr Lexlie Jones was a fine Escamillo, and the Micaela of Miss Audrey Mildmay, a newcomer since the company was last in Edinburgh, was a grateful and sympathetic interpretation."

The Carl Rosa's Scottish tour in spring 1930 began on 24 March and consisted of three weeks in Glasgow (Theatre Royal) and one in Edinburgh (Lyceum).

The performances were as follows:-

First week Monday 24 March Trovatore; Tuesday Cav and Pag; Wednesday Flying Dutchman; Thursday Hansel and Gretel; Friday Messalina; Saturday matinee Butterfly and evening Faust.

Second week Monday 31 March Flying Dutchman;Tuesday Carmen; Wednesday Rhinegold; Thursday Tales of Hoffman; Friday Boheme; Saturday natinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Maritana.

Third week Monday 7 April Tannhauser; Tuesday Butterfly; Wednesday Siegfried; Thursday Cav and Pag; Friday Rigoletto; Saturday matinee Flying Dutchman; Saturday evening Carmen.

Fourth week Monday14 April Butterfly; Tuesday Rigoletto; Wednesday Carmen; Thursday Faust; Friday Flying Dutchman; Saturday matinee Hansel and Gretel; Saturday evening Trovatore.

During the Scottish leg of the tour, two performances of Cav and Pag were given. The remaining performances involved fourteen different operas.

Performance Cast

Moralès a corporal of dragoons

John Allen

Micaëla a peasant girl

Audrey Mildmay

Don José a corporal of dragoons

John Turner

Zuniga a lieutenant of dragoons

Harry Metcalfe

Carmen a gypsy

Rispah Goodacre

Frasquita a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Isobel Donald

Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend

Irene Dobbyn

Escamillo a toreador

Hubert Dunkerley

Dancaïre a smuggler

Redvers Llewellyn

Remendado a smuggler

Frank Clarke

Performance DatesCarmen 1930

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

1 Apr, 19.15 12 Apr, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

16 Apr, 19.15

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